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My car went in for its service this morning and just received a call that the aircon gas is running low, and while the air is still cold, it may run out by next summer.

Can't be bothered taking the car back in a few months so told them to do it (at a cost of £164).

Just want to check however whether its normal for a car thats 2 years and 3 months old to have the aircon re-gassed. Could it be a potential leak? The dealer claims its not a leak and its normal for a car of this age.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Aircon systems should be serviced at least every 4 years, it is not just the gas but there is a dryer unit in there which makes sure the water content in the gas is kept within spec. The dryer unit is similar to a silica gel bag and as such can become saturated eventualy, so can need replacing.

Last time I have a regas and service on my last car aircon it was 100 quid all in. I would suspect that the dealer may get someone in to do the work for them hence 160 odd quid.

There was a poster for aircon servicing charges in the Lexus parts department in Teesside (Croft Toyota) but I didnt take much notice of it, however I dont recall the cost being that much.

My last aircon service was carried out by AA Electrical who are just round the corner from Lexus Croydon.

HTH

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Well he did say something about it going due to evaporation, so maybe it is that the water content has decreased.

So I guess its not likely to be some kind of leak? I best keep an eye on it and get it checked again before the warranty ends next year

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When it is regassed they check the back pressure (indications of leaks or dryer being on the last legs) they usualy contain a UV dye in the refrigerant so any leaks show up with a UV lamp.

Was the 160 exclusive of VAT and did it include a gold discount ?

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When it is regassed they check the back pressure (indications of leaks or dryer being on the last legs) they usualy contain a UV dye in the refrigerant so any leaks show up with a UV lamp

Yeah they said they put in a dye to check for leaks and said there was nothing visible. He also reiterated once again that its absolutely normal for a car thats 2 years old to be regassed and said I can prob expect to do it again in another 2 years.

Was the 160 exclusive of VAT and did it include a gold discount ?

The price was £164 all inclusive which I guess wasn't too bad but was split £114+VAT labour and £25+VAT refrigerant. Sadly, despite my pleas, Edgware Road still don't do gold discount ;)

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